The Whole Horse Podcast | Episode 33 | The Academic Art of Riding Part 2 with Kenneth Vansweevelt and Heather Nelson 

Our very first 3 person episode was a success! Heather Nelson and Kenneth Vansweevelt came to Firefly Farm in the Cowichan Valley to geek out with me about the Academic Art of Riding, the seat, the movement of the ribs, proper muscle development in a horse, why pushing is not a great thing in the hind limbs, what on earth Stellning is, and much much more. We sat by the lake, visited with horses, got licked by my wolfhound and belly laughed quite a lot. We hope you enjoy it just as much as we did!

Kenneth grew up with horses kept in a natural way and learned how to ride horses by experimenting ‘trail and error’, never having any traditional riding lessons to stop up his natural way of handling, working horses At my 18 years he needed to get more education to be able to handle his newest horse Trueno. On this path he discovered the Academic Art of Riding by Bent Branderup and is now proud to be a part of the selected Licensed Bent Branderup Trainers. His goal is to make the horse world a little better, and support his students to develop the harmony between horse and rider and create Art. To connect with Kenneth head to

Heather Nelson is a liberty training specialist, known for starting from the beginning without the lines and inspiring horses through connection. She combines her background in ground work, classical dressage, intuitive training and liberty to help horse lovers like you tap into your own innate ability to earn a big YES from your horse so you can coach your horse to develop to their highest potential in self expression and balance. Heather is sought after for her engaging workshops and demonstrations where she teaches people to access leadership and respect through creative play, which is just as out of the box as it sounds. To connect with Heather head to